The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins game wasn’t as interesting as the Angels/Red Sox, as no team did get eliminated, but it was good in itself. The game was close in the beginning, but as the game wore on, the Yankees pulled ahead. We got to see a solid pitching outing by Kevin Brown and a gutsy comeback attempt in the ninth.
The Twins scored in the first with a solo home run off the bat of Jacque Jones against Kevin Brown. Mike Cuddyer, Jose Offerman, and Shannon Stewart all drove in one run each, which came in the 9th inning. The Yankees got a two run homer from Bernie Williams in the 6th and Hideki Matsui in the 7th. Miguel Cairo (1), Kenny Lofton (1), and Derek Jeter (3) all drove in runs.
Everyone was laughing at the prospect of Joe Torre starting Kevin Brown in Game 3, saying that the rotation was terribly weak. Well, Brownie pitched six innings with only one earned run. Paul Quantrill and Mariano Rivera pitched a combined 2.2 innings. Felix Heredia and Tanyon Sturtze pitched a combined .1 of an inning and gave up three earned runs. The Yankees definitely needed a better outing from their non-Mariano Rivera pitchers; Rivera did not need to pitch in this game, but Torre had to bring him out anyway.
Preview for Game Four
The Yankees have a 2-1 series lead so they definitely need to end it here. The Yankees send Javier Vazquez to the mound and there are many questions surrounding him. Since the All Star Break, Vazzy has an ERA over six. If he can get his mechanics down and repeat them, he can definitely pitch as well as he should. The Twins send Johan Santana to the mound on three days rest. Everyone knows the statistics of guys sent to the mound on three days rest, so I’m not going to repeat them here, but they aren’t good. The Yankees need to get Santana’s pitch count up as quickly as possible and not to be over aggressive. Catch the game at four o’clock on FOX.